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Category: Wind band music

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

Learn About Musical Variations With Chance’s Classic Piece

Let’s return to the band world and talk about one of the staples of the repertoire, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance. I’ve had the opportunity to play this several...

Russian church in the snow

Embrace the Holiday Spirit With This Famous Masterwork

Feel the crisp night air. See the snowflakes falling gently to the ground. Hear the sound of people singing from an old church nearby. The holiday season is upon us, with all its wonder...

LEGO Hobbit by Kyla Duhamel

Music Appreciation: Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings” (V. Hobbits) by Johan de Meij

No discussion of The Lord of the Rings, musical or otherwise, would be complete without mentioning the Hobbits of the Shire. They seem inconsequential to man and other creatures, given that they’re only 3-4...

Photo of a spooky, ruined bridge

Take a Journey in the Dark Via de Meij’s Symphony

What’s a fantasy novel without a little adventure? The fourth movement follows the Fellowship through the mines of Moria to the bridge of Khazad-Dûm, where Gandalf battles the Balrog. Will our party survive the...

Gollum and Frodo by Simon Q

Music Appreciation: Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings” (III. Gollum) by Johan de Meij

My preciousssss…      …nasty Hobbitses! Originally a Hobbit from the Gladden Fields known as Sméagol, Gollum fell prey to the power of the One Ring. This lead to an extended lifetime of wretchedness that...

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